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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #441
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Disruption and the Impact of Creating a New Future and New Opportunities

Monday, May 29, 2017
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall D-G
Area: CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Todd A. Ward, Ph.D.
Chair: Todd A. Ward (bSci21 Media, LLC)
AMY COSPER (RadicalUpstarts)
Amy Cosper is the former Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur magazine and the CEO of RadicalUpstarts. She has been reporting and commenting on the world of entrepreneurship for 12 years. Cosper is an evangelist for innovation and disruption around the globe. She is keenly aware of the power of entrepreneurship on a cultural and economic level. Her mission is to spread the word and promise of these philosophies on a global scale and to make an impact by teaching these ideas. Cosper is currently working on a book and a documentary that explore the deep economic and cultural impact heralded by the global entrepreneurship movement. She is an award-winning editor and writer and strongly adheres to the idea that "on the other side of your fear, is your success." And she would know, since she rides a Ducati and only does sports that require a helmet.

Disruption is the act of changing cultural practices, and introducing new practices, that involve a greater emphasis on social responsibility and sustainability. I will discuss several facets of disruption as it pertains to entrepreneurship. First, I will provide an overview of disruption itself and why it matters, along with case studies from the entrepreneurial world. Secondly, I will address what many consider to be the primary obstacle to disruption, and to entrepreneurship, which is failure, or more precisely, the fear of failure, and strategies that others have used in the past to remove failure as an obstacle to success. I will also discuss how disruption can take place anywhere, and in any industry, toward the improvement of the human condition. Lastly, I will discuss characteristics that comprise the disruptive leader, along with common challenges such leaders face and the outcomes to which they strive.

Target Audience:

Professionals, academics, and graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify two characteristics of a disruptive leader; (2) define disruption in terms of the classes of behavior it produces; (3) identify two strategies to make it more likely your behavior, as a disruptive leader, will persist despite fearful reactions.



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